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On Langkawi, the largest island in the vast archipelago off of mainland Malaysia, there is an incredible mix of culture, landscape and history to explore, just steps from The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi. From hiking through the rainforest to visiting the night markets, here’s what to pack to make the most of your visit.

View from the emerald sea of the white sand beach and restaurant seating, including thatched, teardrop-shaped buildings

Beach Vacation

Set in a calm private bay and surrounded by centuries-old rainforest, the resort is nestled on a private, exquisite stretch of the Andaman Sea. Make the most of the soft-sand beaches and warm water by packing a few beach-ready essentials:

 

  • Sun is plentiful year-round, so bring a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen to shield yourself.
  • Whether for lounging on the beach or taking a dip in the magnificent infinity pool, it’s wise to bring at least two bathing suits so one is always dry and ready for a swim.
  • To keep your feet protected from the hot sand on particularly sunny days and from the surrounding rainforest, bring a pair of sturdy rubber sandals.

 

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Outdoor Adventure

While one would be completely justified in spending an entire holiday enjoying the calm waves of the private beach, there are many exciting outdoor adventures just beyond the resort. Pack these items to be ready for any activity:

 

 

  • From an evening “rainforest after dark” trek to exploring mangrove forests, bring a pair of gym shoes or consider packing hiking boots for more strenuous excursions.
  • It is hot and humid year-round, so lightweight clothing is essential. However, legs, shoulders and upper arms need to be covered when visiting places of worship.
  • September and October are rainy months in Langkawi — rainstorms can hit unexpectedly and be intense, so bring a compact umbrella to be prepared.  
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Resort Essentials

Once you’ve enjoyed the myriad natural wonders the resort has to offer, partake in some of the other special offerings, from a round of golf to a day at the spa. Just pack a few essentials in advance:

 

 

 

  • Bring a lightweight outfit for lounging in the relaxation area or on the seafront deck after a treatment in the spa’s overwater bungalows.
  • If a round or two of golf is of interest, pack a couple of comfortable and dry-fit golf shirts to stay comfortable in the hot and humid weather.
  • Ward off any slight chill from the sea breezes or air conditioning with a light shawl or sweater.

 

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Don't Forget:

If you enjoy photography, bring your camera — the resort offers a special four-hour nature and wildlife photo safari throughout the surrounding grounds. Either in the early morning or late evening, guides will bring guests to the most stunning locations and hidden sites to find local wildlife.


From whiling away the day at the beach to hiking through the surrounding jungle or relaxing at the spa and dining on award-winning cuisine, there are so many ways to enjoy a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi. Here’s what to reserve in advance to make the most of your visit.

Children’s Activities

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Tailored for children or the entire family to enjoy, the Ritz Kids program offers unique activities like flying traditional kites (wau jala budi). Families write hopes and wishes on the bamboo, wood and paper kites and then release them into the sky. Or partake in the Langkawi Treasure Hunt to become “pirates” and discover treasure on the beach. Nature lovers can join the Nature Discovery tour to explore the surrounding wilderness and return with a special photo keepsake.

Dining Reservations

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Langkawi offers four fantastic dining options from small bites and fantastic cocktails at the oceanfront bar to local culinary diversity at the Langkawi Kitchen. Be sure to reserve a table to experience all of the culinary delights. Hai Yan offers fine Cantonese and dim sum creations with views of the Andaman Sea, and be sure to sample the collection of aged teas. The Langkawi Kitchen is a casual setting offering a smart fusion of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine with open kitchens and live cooking stations.

Spa Appointments

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For those seeking holistic harmony during their stay, the spa rituals on offer at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Langkawi — many practiced for thousands of years by local shamans and midwives — aim to restore equilibrium within the body, mind and soul. The Mystical Ocean and Earth Ritual includes a hot stone massage and marine mud wrap employing indigenous essential oils. The Lulur Hammam Experience features a full-body foam massage performed in a steam room and finishes with a deeply relaxing scalp treatment.

Outdoor Excursions

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Adventure abounds at the Langkawi resort — arrange for a Gunung Raya Rainforest Experience exploring high above the forest floor on one of Langkawi’s highest peaks and amid more than 200 species of birds. While the entire island was declared a UNESCO globally recognized Geopark in 2007, the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is of particular note for its massive mangrove forests and its wildlife sanctuary. Plan a tour to experience the swamps, fascinating animals and the beguiling 550 million-year-old limestone rock formations. Take a truly unique tour of the area surrounding the resort with the Rainforest After Dark trek, which takes you into the Gunung Raya Reserve to see flying squirrels, flying foxes and even flying lemurs.

The ultimate tropical escape awaits you in Langkawai, home to white-sand beaches and aquamarine waters. Named a UNESCO World Geopark in 2007 because of its luscious, tropical fauna, every day on the island feels like a moment in paradise. Whether you take a ride through the jungle in a cable car or hike through the mountains to swim in hidden waterfalls, you’ll discover why this magical oasis is referred to as the “Jewel of Kedah.” From the awe-inspiring scenery to the thrilling water sports and calming seascape, use these itineraries to guide your sweet Malaysian escape.


Island Adventures

If you seek a getaway that is equal parts adventure and relaxation, look no further than Langkawi. Here, you can discover over 100 Malaysian islands by Jet-Ski, explore the magic of hidden waterfalls in the jungle or find the perfect spot to enjoy fresh seafood. With so much to see and do, you’ll want to pencil in time to unwind in a lush oceanside cabana or with a signature treatment from The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Langkawi. Whether seeking adventure by boat, motorbike or foot, there is no shortage of wondrous activities in this natural paradise.

 

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Romantic Getaway

With untouched rainforests and pristine beaches, Langkawi is the perfect backdrop for any love story. Take advantage of the open-air yoga classes, couple’s massages and\ private, secluded excursions just for two. After spending your days lounging poolside together, be sure to hit the sand to share a bottle of something bubbly over an unobscured view of the sunset. This is one sweet escape you’ll want to return to year after year.

 

 

 

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